St Andrew's Prep
Headmaster Tom Gregory says: 'We provide a firm academic grounding across our broad curriculum and ensure that every lesson and learning opportunity stimulates, encourages and engages the children. We believe lessons learned in the classroom are as important as those learned outside – on the sports field, at beach or forest school, on the stage, on school trips, or in the boarding house.'
'Pastoral care, pupil wellbeing and happiness are at the heart of everything we do; and the children are at the centre of all our decision-making because, quite simply, we believe happy, healthy children thrive and achieve.'
Attain asked the school, what makes St Andrew's Prep different – and why should parents consider it?
Home to nearly 400 children aged 9 months to 13 years, St Andrew's Prep is just a five minute walk to the sea and the foot of the South Downs.
The school's talented staff is dedicated to preparing its pupils for our fast changing, high-tech world; giving them lifelong-learning and problem-solving skills alongside leadership and teamwork opportunities and, perhaps most important of all, the tools to become good citizens.
In short, St Andrew's Prep is stimulating the imagination, creativity and inventiveness of every pupil while equipping them with the essential qualities of self-discipline, resilience, honesty, kindness and compassion.
We believe we need to be educating the children how to form opinions properly, how to substantiate ideas, how to self-reflect without over-analysing, how to listen and value other opinions, how to think critically and how to be aware of the wider community.
In other words, we want to expand the minds of every pupil so that they become more resilient, more compassionate and better listeners.
Every child is in a sports team, not just the elite; every child can choose to be in a drama production, everybody takes part in music and the vast majority play at least one instrument.
The school is extremely successful. Over the last five years, the school's Year 8 pupils have won more than 125 scholarships to their senior schools. A surprising number of children have reached Grade 8 music and St Andrew's Prep has won many national and county sporting titles.
The school is part of Eastbourne College, a registered charity managed by a board of governors. Read more on the Charity Commission website.
The school was last inspected in June 2021. Read the inspection reports on the school's website.
Tom Gregory is Headmaster of St Andrew's Prep.